Sleep Disorders and Neurology

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When it comes to sleep disorders, there is a lot of overlap with neurological disorders, and that’s a scary thought. For instance, sleep apnea can be caused because of a blockage, but it can also be caused by a neurological failing in which you simply forget to breathe in your sleep. And, then, you have the paranoia that comes with a diagnosis like this paired with other medical problems that both seem serious and seem like they, too, could be neurological. If that sounds too specific to be likely, I agree, but that’s my life. You heard me right. I have sleep apnea and sarcoidosis, and I have migraines on top of that. So, it’s safe to say that I would like to know the truth, and I would imagine everyone else would feel the same in my shoes. Are these things related?

In my case, specifically, I’ve had the sleep apnea more thoroughly diagnosed, and it appears to actually be the result of some blockage. Though the doctors weren’t able to pinpoint a cause, a brain scan during my sleep study confirmed that everything looked A OK in my brain. I can only hazard a guess that the apnea is a result of severe congestion that’s tied to the “sarcoid.” I was told by doctors that the sleep apnea could be, at least in part, the cause of my migraines and that they might improve or cease completely with the aid of a CPAP machine which would primarily be used to simply keep me breathing through the night.

sleep disordersMigraines are a tricky symptom that’s hard to properly diagnose, and it has a number of causes, some of which remain unknown, so I may be out of luck in terms of getting them diagnosed or treated. However, there are some things you can do yourself to potentially eliminate a neurological diagnosis. For example, one common trigger for migraines is light. I, myself, have always had a sensitivity to light during a migraine, so I thought there may be a connection, but I’m still testing. Basically, all I’m doing is being sure to wear sunglasses every time I go out in the sunlight, just to see if it helps. Another potential cause of my migraines is a vision problem. I’ve had this tested, and I have 20/20 vision, so it must not be that. However, if you do have a vision problem, a prescription for glasses or contact lenses can, in fact, help with migraines, as eye strain can cause headaches. If you’re in need of affordable glasses and contacts, try Coastal.